The programme will have a duration of 6 months, starting in May 2022. It is being held online through a mentoring platform in English. The programme is being held in collaboration with industry partners. The partnering entities provide volunteer mentors to the W4C programme.
The mentors coming from the different entities provide personal and professional guidance, share their experiences, and help mentees identify and achieve their career goals. Mentees are selected by the W4C Secretariat after completing an online application process, then each mentee is assigned to a mentor based on their experience and career goals.
In this second edition, we have more than 170 participants, coming from 27 different countries in Europe. This is thanks to the support of our mentorship partners, companies committed to contributing to a more diverse cybersecurity field. Such contributions allow us to support women in their careers, thus bringing more professionals into the cybersecurity field.
If you or your company would like to partner with us and join our next programme, starting in September 2022, get in touch with us at email@example.com
How do you match people?
Matchmaking is based on available candidates and areas of interest. We pair mentees with someone in a slightly removed role from theirs, who has more experience (typically between 3-5 years more experience) and has progressed their career in a similar way to the way you indent to develop your own career.
In order to work out who the right mentor is for a mentee, it is very important that mentees consider what their goals and objectives over the next 6-12 months are, and state them clearly in their profile when filling in the application.
What does this relationship look like?
You will meet regularly, at least monthly, to connect, discuss different career-related topics, update on major developments, and discuss successes, opportunities, and goals.
Share interesting events/opportunities on an ongoing basis.
Introduce your mentor/mentee to others in your network.
Share interesting articles, materials, or resources on an ongoing basis.
When will I be matched?
Matches are performed in the weeks previous to the start of the programme, and participants are informed by email. We try to find a mentor for everyone, but it ultimately depends on availability and compatibility.
Any more questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org